New Zealand Management

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 5, June

A Shore Thing: Why Business Looks Greener on the Other Side of the Bridge: What Is Driving Growth on Auckland's North Shore and How Long Can It Be Expected to Last? New Zealand's Fourth Largest City Boasts a Desirable Lifestyle and Strong Prospects for Business
Oil troubles triggered in Nigeria, Iran or China may seem like a far cry from the safe suburbs of North Shore City. But they are just one of a number of pressures that are pushing the residents, business folk and council members to appreciate the benefits...
A Sorry State: Studies Reveal the Troubling Truth about Local Management; the Evidence Is Compelling and Increasingly Voluminous-There Is Something Seriously Wrong with the State of Management in New Zealand, and Short-Term Prospects for Improvement Don't Look Too Good
Three separate research studies released over the past month or so, one local and two global, contain disturbing collective news for New Zealand Inc. Our management is performing below par and, predictably, the way of the future is dependent on quality...
But Is It Progress?
Growth--it's a wonderful thing. Unless, of course, it's cancer, or possibly prison inmates. One of the expanding contributors to America's GDP is the incarceration industry--it's been growing at a robust rate of 6.2 percent since the early 1990s, notes...
By G-OSH, It Works: Promoting Management That Cares: Caring for Every Employee's Health and Safety Should Be a Management Priority. the New Zealand Institute of Management Has Been Strenuously Delivering This Message for 10 Years. Its Messenger Is Gavin Johnson, a Health and Safety Expert Who Is Passionate about the Importance of His Calling
Whatever injures people at work, injures the organisation. Conversely, organisations get real and tangible paybacks from integrating best practice health and safety into their mainstream management processes. This simple guiding philosophy underpins...
Contestability or Certainty?
News about changes to the way scientists and their work are publicly funded was buried early in May by the announcement that Telecom would be forced to open its network to competitors, or "unbundle its local loop" (the copper wire between local exchanges...
Courting Company Disaster
If you want to know whether a company is likely to succeed or not, it's worth checking the court records of its individual directors. Recent research by leading business information company Dun and Bradstreet has found that company directors who've...
Daniel Di Filippo: What's Driving Globalisation? the Drivers Behind the Evolving New World Economic Order Are Not What We Thought, According to the Latest PricewaterhouseCoopers Global CEO Survey. Daniel Di Filippo, the Company's Global Leader of Performance Improvement, Explains
What were your topline findings? Global terrorism can't stop globalisation. Neither can corruption, political instability, trade barriers or protectionism. Across the board and without regard to industry focus, companies both large and small, in...
Food Miles and Fashion
How far did the various elements of your breakfast have to travel before they arrived in your bowl this morning? It's the sort of question that increasingly exercises the minds of those whose goods are stretched ever further out along the increasingly...
Frustrated & Cynical
Q Every two months our regional managers hold a catch-up meeting with our chief executive. To be holiest, I find our meetings very frustrating as people don't seem to prepare for them and the outcomes are unclear. A You mention that people attending...
Going Nowhere Fast: Infrastructure or Attitude. What's Holding Us Back? Is New Zealand's Creaky Infrastructure Really Damaging Our Future? or Is It Just Management's Latest Excuse for Non-Performing?
The news clippings say it all: millions of dollars gobbled up in petrol, time wasted, and businesses under threat because of congested roads, likely shortages in electricity and the slow uptake of broadband. It is a national problem but south of...
Great Getaways: Nine Reasons to Pack Your Bags: When Winter Makes Its Presence Felt, Sun-Hungry Kiwi Executives Start to Dream about Getting Away from It All. but How Can You Be Sure Your Hard-Earned Money Will Result in a Rejuvenated You? Here Are Nine Ideas to Get You Thinking ... and Packing
NEW ZEALAND--SOUTH ISLAND FOSSICK AMONG THE FOSSILS Over the past 100 years more than 134 significant vertebrate fossils, including Plesiosaur and Mosasaur remains, have been discovered on this stunning 1000-hectare station in gorgeous rural...
Gulp and Go for It
One of Gabfiella Goddard's life-changing "gulp" moments was when she was earning a six-figure salary as European marketing director for a broadband company that unexpectedly went belly up. New Zealand-born Goddard had just bought her first house...
How to Retire Gracefully: 30 Questions to Ask Yourself
Long stretches at the bach? Playing with your grandchildren? For most people, retirement is the process of concluding their professional working life and focusing on leisure activities, family and friends. It's the time to say goodbye to the workforce...
It's All about Communication
The techy tribes might chat happily about server uptime or network availability but all your average business owner wants to do is deliver faster, better service to customers. "You get situations where IT and business are just not speaking the same...
Need for Speed
Unfortunately, the same depressing headline could apply equally as well to two of our top stories this month. "Going nowhere fast" is an apt description of both the state of much of New Zealand's infrastructure--the topic of this month's thoughtful...
On Parallel Planes: The Benefits of Merging Corporate Governance and TQM Thinking: The Parallel Disciplines of Good Corporate Governance and Total Quality Management Should Be Merged to Create a Best Practice Model for Business Excellence That Keeps Customers, Stakeholders and Regulators Satisfied, Argues Dr Siham El-Kafafi
The collapse of high-profile business giants such as Enron rammed home like never before the importance of strong and ethical corporate governance. But is good corporate governance, as a standalone principle, sufficient to placate stakeholders; those...
This Is Personal
It's not very often the media goes into a frenzy over a new technology product release, especially in this country. After all, product launches happen with monotonous regularity and we Kiwis prefer to aim much of our excitement at our favourite sporting...
Tim Gibson: Life in a Goldfish Bowl: Managers of Any Major Enterprise Are Always Subject to Scrutiny. Especially So If Taxpayers Foot the Bill. Three Years after He First Took Up the Cudgels at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Chief Executive Tim Gibson Talks Candidly about What He Has Learnt and How It Is Still Hard to Measure Return on Investment
It's three years since New Zealand Trade & Enterprise flung open its doors for business. A politically expedient merger of previously overlapping services, NZTE was charged with taking a knife to the costs and confusion that reigned under the old...
Understand Broadband: Our A to Z Guide for Executives
New Zealand languishes near the bottom of global league tables when it comes to broadband connectivity, and technology enthusiasts say our failure to embrace the potential of high-speed internet is stymying economic development. The growing chorus...
What Ordinary Kiwis Want
Don Brash and John Key must have been left wondering why, after the promise of such great tax cuts, they were left out of government. There is an answer. There is an undercurrent of values, so strongly held by so many New Zealanders that it will sublimate...
Why Committees Count
Occasionally I run into former colleagues from my newsroom days--some of them "personality presenters" and "household names" nowadays--who politely inquire how I pass my time. The look on their faces when I explain that I edit a publication devoted...
Why It Takes "2" to Tango
Underneath the high diplomacy of prime ministers and presidents and the detailed diplomacy of the professionals lies "track 2". It is a growing dimension of our outreach. Track 2 is high-level people-to-people diplomacy amongst academics, business...
Writing a New Chapter: How Four 50+ MBA Students Have Changed Their Worlds: The Stereotypical MBA Graduate May Be Young, Brash and Ready to Change the World but Some MBA Students Are Changing Their Own Worlds First. Here's How Four MBA Students over the Age of 50 Are Discovering New Opportunities from Their Studies
Sponsored by THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND BUSINESS SCHOOL The Policeman Dennis Wood, now a senior associate at insolvency and recovery firm McDonald Vague, spent 27 years in the police force before an MBA launched him into the corporate world....
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